|Bid||2,398.00 x 0|
|Ask||2,401.00 x 0|
|Day's range||2,348.00 - 2,449.56|
|52-week range||1,444.50 - 2,529.00|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||1.34|
|PE ratio (TTM)||8.65|
|Earnings date||20 Aug 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||2.35 (10.06%)|
|1y target est||2,602.00|
Shares in Britain's housebuilders and retailers tumbled and sterling slid on Wednesday after multiple media reported rumors Prime Minister Theresa May's ministers could oust her in a row over her latest deal to exit the European Union. The reports, underscoring deepening uncertainty over Britain's leadership, gave Brexit-sensitive stocks and sterling their first major jolt since March when the then Brexit deadline was looming. Housebuilders Taylor Wimpey, Berkeley Group, Barratt Development, and Persimmon fell sharply, down 3.7 to 5.4% by 1450 GMT.
Brexit sensitive housebuilders and airlines slid on Wednesday as rumors circulated that ministers could oust Theresa May after her latest EU exit plan failed to win support, while exporters lifted the FTSE 100 as the pound weakened. The main index, whose companies earn more than two-thirds of their profit from abroad, ended 0.1% higher, while the more domestically-focused FTSE 250 slipped 0.7%. A slump in sterling lifted internationally-exposed companies GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever and AstraZeneca , the biggest boosts to the FTSE 100.
The exporter-heavy FTSE 100 index gained on the back of a weaker pound on Wednesday as lawmakers signaled they would not back Prime Minister Theresa May's latest Brexit compromise, while Marks & Spencer slumped after a discounted rights issue. The main index, whose companies get more than two-thirds of their profit from abroad, advanced 0.6% by 0727 GMT while the more domestically-focussed FTSE 250 was up 0.1%. Internationally-exposed companies British American Tobacco , Unilever and Diageo were among the biggest support to the blue-chip index.
The FTSE rose on Tuesday, helped by a rally in homebuilders amid news of a proposed parliamentary vote on a second Brexit referendum and gains in Asia-facing stocks after the United States relaxed restrictions on China's Huawei. The FTSE 100 was up 0.3%, while the FTSE 250 rose 0.5%, with builder Galliford Try leading gains after announcing job cuts.
British shares closed in the red on Thursday as Taylor Wimpey's warning on margins triggered a sell-off among housebuilders while investors soured on Sainsbury's after the company scrapped its proposed takeover of Walmart's Asda. The FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250 lost 0.6 percent each.
The review, to be led by Stephanie Barwise QC of Atkin Chambers, an independent chair, will look into aspects including customer care approach, systems and culture, quality assurance processes, and speed and consistency of response to issues. "Persimmon has been focused on rapid change and improvement of its customer care culture and operations, and on eliminating cases of poor workmanship," the company said in a statement.
The prospect of a further delay to Brexit eased some fears of a disruptive no-deal departure and sparked a rally in homebuilders and banks on Wednesday, helping London's main index hold on to a six-month high, while midcaps outperformed. The FTSE 250 bounced 1.2 percent - its biggest rise in two-and-a-half months - for a fifth straight session of gains, while the FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent and ended the session at its highest level since early October. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday said she would seek another Brexit delay beyond April 12, hoping to try to agree a European Union divorce deal with the opposition Labour leader.
Britain's blue-chip index bounced back from two sessions of losses on Tuesday, as exporters benefited from a weaker sterling after lawmakers voted to take control of the Brexit process and Ocado surged to a life high on its latest partnership deal. The FTSE 100 was up 0.4 percent and the FTSE 250 was 0.1 percent higher by 0924 GMT.
Irish shares outperformed the rest of the euro zone on Tuesday after Britain and the European Union agreed tweaks to Britain's withdrawal agreement that eased some fears of no-deal Brexit on March 29. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent as a surge in sterling after British Prime Minister Theresa May won last-minute assurances from the European Union weighed on the multinational exporters that dominate the index. British lawmakers who rejected May's withdrawal agreement in January are due to vote on the Brexit deal again on Tuesday.
Britain's FTSE 100 fell on Thursday as several blue-chip stocks traded ex-dividend and financial stocks were hit after the European Central Bank delayed a rate hike at least until next year and offered a fresh round of cheap loans to banks. NMC Health and insurers Aviva and Admiral all slipped after earnings reports.
Britain's FTSE 100 fell on Tuesday as miner Fresnillo slumped after poor results and the sterling rallied on growing signs of a Brexit delay, though online grocer Ocado soared after confirming joint venture talks with Marks & Spencer. The FTSE 100 ended 0.5 percent lower after steep losses in the morning as the index's stocks, which book much of their earnings in dollars, were marred by the pound surging to four-month highs.
Shares in Persimmon, which last year faced an investor mutiny over its former chief executive's pay, rose by 4 percent to 2,446 pence at 1221 GMT after it said pretax profit rose 13 percent in 2018 to £1.09 billion. Persimmon, which has focused on building cheaper family houses, said interim CEO Dave Jenkinson would take on the role permanently after Jeff Fairburn stepped down last year amid criticism of his $100 million (£76 million) bonus package. Jenkinson has agreed not to receive a bonus in 2019, with Persimmon and other housebuilders facing an overall sluggish housing market, with people shying away due to smaller household incomes and Brexit keeping foreign investors at bay.
The company will confirm Jenkinson in his new role on Tuesday as it seeks to move on from media and shareholder criticism of the pay package of the former CEO, Sky News said. Persimmon shares fell as much as 8 percent on Monday, after reports on Saturday that Britain's housing minister, James Brokenshire, is pressing the builder on how it operates within a public funding scheme for new house buyers.
London's blue-chip index squeezed out gains on Monday as banks got a boost from comments about a possible Brexit delay, while housebuilders were hit by reports the government was worried about Persimmon's handling of a state house-funding scheme. The FTSE 100 closed 0.1 percent higher, lagging other major European bourses where investors took comfort from U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to delay raising tariffs on Chinese imports. Lloyd's of London insurer Hiscox, which recently joined the FTSE 100, added 3 percent after reporting a profit for the year that beat market expectations.